Dana White: Nate Diaz versus Jake Paul ‘is smart’

Nate Diaz punches Leon Edwards in their welterweight fight during the UFC 263 in Arizona. Zuffa LLC

Dana White says a battle between Nate Diaz and social media star Jake Paul “is smart”, though the UFC president stated the promotion will safe the agitated Californian one other bout.

On Monday, Diaz as soon as extra known as upon the UFC to both e-book him a battle – he’s believed to have one bout left on his present deal – or launch him from his contract. Posting to his Twitter account, Diaz included a video of Paul knocking out former UFC champion Tyron Woodley of their crossover conflict in December.

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When requested late on Tuesday a couple of potential match-up between Diaz and Paul, White instructed outstanding MMA web site TheMacLife: “I like Nate. Let’s be trustworthy, Nate’s gained one battle within the final 5 or 6 years. When these guys get into these positions… you’ve acquired guys which were with us for a very long time, that we respect, that we care about.

“You’ve acquired [Donald] Cerrone and Anthony Pettis earlier than he left, and also you’ve acquired Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz remains to be below contract with us. So that you need to be honest to everyone, you need to do the fitting issues or no matter. Nate Diaz isn’t going to come back in and battle [welterweight champion and current No 1 pound-for-pound athlete] Kamaru Usman.

“So hear, we’re attempting to do the most effective we are able to. We’re attempting to not [expletive] on anyone and disrespect anyone, however it’s not like we’re speaking about Kamaru Usman right here. We’re speaking about Nate Diaz. Nate’s gained one battle in 5 years, so we’re attempting to determine this factor out with him. He in all probability ought to go on and battle Jake Paul. That’s a battle that is smart.”

White added: “Pay attention, contractually we’ve acquired to get him a battle. We’ll get him a battle.”

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Diaz, who stays probably the most standard fighters within the sport, then responded on social media, tweeting: “Ship the discharge” with emojis hinting at a boxing bout with Paul.

Paul was fast to react, too, doubling down on his repeated criticism of the UFC. The YouTube star moved into exhibition boxing in 2018 and has gone on to battle Ben Askren – one other former UFC athlete – and Woodley, twice.

Paul is ready to headline a boxing occasion at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York on August 6. His opponent is but to be introduced.

Early on Wednesday, he tweeted: “Dana – I’m completely satisfied to be Nate’s final battle in UFC. You already know the phrases: pay fighters extra and provides them healthcare. Sweetener: I’ll battle without cost.”

Diaz, 37, has not fought since his unanimous resolution loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June final 12 months. His most up-to-date victory was in August 2019, when he defeated Pettis. He has since misplaced twice, along with his total skilled combined martial arts report at the moment at 20-13.

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